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Sharing Christ in the free world

chris-anderson-free-bookIf sharing Christ is a matter of communicating information, then Christians are in a lot of trouble.

It still boggles my mind that pastors can spend 30+ hours preparing for to articulate a half hour message each week.

I’m positive that no one wants to die simply knowing a lot of stuff, yet so many of us (Christians in particular) seem to often live as if we do.  * Note the amount of money and time we spend on conferences, books, and other information acquiring vehicles.

Chris Anderson argues in his latest book “Free” that the future of business is free with the costs of a vast array of products rapidly declining to zero.  In particular he cites how “information wants to be free”.  You can get the book free here.

And information is free today.  At least any insight that involves connecting to the Living God.  The gospel ‘message’ is a google search away from just about anyone in the west.  Whether they care to know is a whole different story.

I think what people desire today is formation, not information.  Information is the easier option to deliver and receive.  It can also easily deceive us into thinking we’re accumulating building-blocks to a stronger faith and life, when we’re not.

Information is a piece of the puzzle, but we’re doing ourselves, and others, a disservice when we’re fire-hosing data.

I often read the Scriptures scriptures and wonder if the people in ancient times had some other type of DNA allowing them to simply hear and believe, or discover and act.  Or, maybe those we could respond the same today as well, if we weren’t so inundated with information.

What would your faith gathering look like if it didn’t center around the transmission of information?

* And speaking of free congratulations to Ryan on the thesis theme giveaway!

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  • sam July 23, 2009, 7:06 pm

    I got this when viewed the book with Scribd (trying to get full screen display): "Sorry, this content is geographically restricted. Due to our agreements with our publishing partners, the document you requested is only available to users located in the United States." Not so free after all?

  • lon July 24, 2009, 3:27 am

    nope, i guess you can't call something truly free, unless it's free to all…

  • Johnson Solomon July 30, 2009, 5:40 am

    Malcolm Gladwell trashes the book:
    http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2009/

  • lon July 30, 2009, 11:54 am

    yeah, i had read it, i think seth godin trashed his comment back… good hearing from you Johnson btw

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